Archive - 2013 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Family YMCA announced recently that it reached its 2013 Strong Kids Campaign goal.
Dan Heise, of Warner Electric, led this yearâ€™s volunteers to reach a community campaign goal of $39,000.
The Strong Kids Campaign provides scholarships for programs and memberships to individuals and families in need.
Funds raised directly support the Yâ€™s cause of strengthening communities by ensuring that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
Four siblings had took a spin on a circular swing at Morsches Park Tuesday evening. From left, Haley Miller, A.J. Tope, Elizabeth Miller and Ryan Tope.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Wood-Land-Lakes, a nonprofit group working across several counties in the state, had a request for funds approved by the Whitley County Commissioners Monday.
The commissioners approved $400 for the group. Stanley Crum, a board member for Wood-Land-Lakes, was on hand, and told commissioners all his organization does, how they are trying to stay in budget, and reach out to stakeholders.
â€śWood-Land-Lakes canâ€™t disappear,â€ť he said. â€śIt is the holder of almost 10,000 acres of agriculture preservation land easements.â€ť
The decision unanimously passed.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A federal sweep put a Whitley County man in jail for failing to register as a sex offender.
DeWayne Stewart was convicted in 2004 of sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old and child seduction and did not register, adding him to a list of targets, along with hundreds of other fugitives nationwide.
The U.S. Marshals Service arrested Stewart in Huntsville, Ala., officials said in a press release.
Another area man, Mark Lautzenheiser, a convicted rapist from DeKalb County, was also arrested for failing to register as a sex offender and violating his parole.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Achievement runs in the family for both Holly Frantz and Stephanie Wheeler, seniors at Whitko High School.
Frantz, the daughter of Mark and Julie Frantz, was named WHSâ€™s valedictorian. She said her parents were honored with the second place spot in their graduating classes.
â€śThey were salutatorians, so I broke the streak,â€ť Frantz said. â€śI decided it was something I wanted to go for early on. It wasnâ€™t really until a couple of months ago that I realized I was going to come in first.â€ť
Wheeler, the daughter of Michael and Amber Wheeler, was named WHSâ€™s salutatorian.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” To renovate or not to renovate?
That was the question for the Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees (WCCS) Monday. Business Manager Tony Zickgraf shared with the board the bidding information he had received to do work on the storm sewer at Columbia City High School (CCHS). There were a couple of problems, however.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees named a new athletic director, beginning in the 2013-14 school year.
Jeremy Dexter, currently at Eastern High School in Greentown, will take the reins as athletic and extracurricular director for Churubusco Junior-Senior High School effective Aug. 1.
The decision was made official by the school board at a special meeting Monday night.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Economic development was on tap Tuesday for the Whitley County Council.
The council approved two 10-year tax abatements for a pair of businesses in the county.
Red Star and ChromaSource were the businesses that received the abatements. Both approvals were unanimous by the council.
ChromaSource plans to invest in new equipment that will add up to 12 new jobs for the company by 2014.
CEO Jason Brooks said the company is one of just three like it in North America. He said they are very busy at present.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Melissa DeWitt, 28 of Columbia City, describes herself as â€śan old soul,â€ť and is the owner of Melissa DeWitt Photography. Missy, as she is most commonly known, is a mom to two girls, Gracie, 3, and Selah, 2, along with a stepson, Hayden, 7.
She is married to Tony and the two met in high school when she was a freshman. Now, 14 years later, she said â€śI couldnâ€™t ask for a better husband. Heâ€™s supported and encouraged me as I built my photography business.â€ť
Q: Are you originally from Whitley County?
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel was in the studio at WJHS radio, Columbia City High School, for Coffee with the Mayor.
Typically the broadcast is held at Richards Restaurant, however, Thursdayâ€™s broadcast took an unexpected turn. Approximately 20 minutes into the hour-long program, technical issues interrupted the broadcast. The cell phone provider, which is used to transmit the program, dropped the call. When several attempts to reconnect failed, Mayor Daniel agreed to finish the interview in the WJHS radio booth.